Fur industry hides the tremendous appalling cruelty to the animals they use. ADDA has kept its continuous campaigns to inform about this subject and says that every year millions of animals are killed worldwide by the pelt commerce.
50% of animals that die under these circumstances are caught in steel-jaw traps, a device for catching animals, wounding the animals, breaking their bones, mutilating them and frequently making them languish for many hours or several days until the trapper arrives to kill them. The steel-jaw trap is used in several countries. Argentina is one of them, and this method is the most popular in its provinces.
The pressure by protectionist organizations caused that the European Union freed Resolution -3254/91 adopting two provisions: to prohibit the use of the steel-jaw trap for all the members of the Union since January 1995 and the import of furs from countries that use the steel-jaw trap or other cruel methods. This Resolution taken by European Union was being delayed in spite of the Commissions that worked all over the world to study the case from different angles.
ADDA, organization that had studied and worked in the subject of the steel-jaw trap and its implications since 1982, integrated during the 90s the Commission founded in Argentina under the auspices of IRAM as a branch of ISO – International Organization for Standardization – that had been in charge of this kind of analysis to obtain the acceptance of a trap that would be considered ‘’humanitarian”.
In the Commission, the President of ADDA, Martha Gutiérrez, was designated by all the members, mainly veterinarians, to hold the position of President of the Argentinean Delegation that would travel to Canada to attend the Plenary of ISO. Martha Gutiérrez was thankful for the decision taken by the Commission but did not accept the charge of President of the Argentinean Delegation and passed that position to a veterinarian.
The presence of Martha Gutiérrez in the Assembly was very important; the main topic was to reject the term ´´humanitarian´´ for considering the trap superficially improved. She worked for that cause and the Argentinean vote was decisive to fulfill this objective.
Nevertheless the ties arose everywhere and before the imminence of the fulfillment of the prohibition of Res. 3254/91 of the EU, strong furrier countries defied the regulation leaning in the needs of free commerce, with different derivations.
The steel-jaw trap is still being used; animals suffer from the torture of their broken bones while these countries still work with traps, supported by Organizations from Argentina, delaying the prohibition of their use. Protectionist societies, especially from US and Europe, are still fighting in all fronts against this cruel instrument.
Even when the Argentinean government has agreed international conventions on fur, the average citizen is changing its lifestyle avoiding the use of fur coats, and ADDA has started to call its attention focusing on the importance of expanding this attitude to the use of other clothes made with animal fur, such as necks, cuffs, hair ornaments and toys.